Becket

Becket

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King Henry II is far from being a saint. He reigns over a Medieval England festering with political conflict and occupies his days with drinking, pursuing woman and wagering war. His constant cohort in these escapes is Thomas Becket. Hoping to force the Church into subservience to the Crown, Henry appoints Becket to the post of Chancellor, and later Archbishop of Canterbury. Becket is reluctant at first, but soon experiences something he has never known before- honor, and a cause worthy of his adoration. His singular devotion to the Church creates an enormous rift with Henry, who is devastated at being abandoned by his friend. Once his former ally becomes a rival, Henry turns to drastic measures. In a catastrophic twist of fate, Becket's salvation becomes the source of his demise...

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patch666
Aug 01, 2017

I loved this film when I was young. i love the history and settings and great mid-evil music. but now as I matured I see its flaws. Feels like a filmed play {which it is, but that's not an excuse for a film to feel like a play} O'Toole yells his lines out as if volume equates to acting as so many stage actors do hint you dont have to yell at a a camera !! there is no live audience to project too. Burton is fine if a bit stiff and all knowing. John Gielguld is magnificent !!! thats acting but not enough of him. And frankly the movie has a forced homo-eroticism and constantly talks of love??? between the two men that has no historical basis. But I stiil like to watch this movie now and again and love the period detail and great castles and landscapes ~ 420

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Nursebob
Jan 03, 2015

Lackluster historical soap opera recounting the tempestuous relationship between Henry II and Thomas Becket. Gross historical inaccuracies and artistic license aside, the film is just plain dull. Burton delivers his lines in a flat monotone as if he were nursing a perpetual hangover (which he probably was), and O’Toole portrays the young king as if he were a bitchy old queen.....although he would do a better job of it a few years later in “The Lion In Winter”. The rest of the talented cast is pretty much wasted, except for John Gielgud’s feisty turn as King Louis of France. Even though some of the sets are impressive and the cinematography appropriately grandiose it was still a royal letdown.

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hoacornell
May 23, 2014

Becket has a great cast of the best of British actors in Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. I would consider Becket one of the best films about British History. Great film all filmed in the beautiful castles and historic locations of Great Britain. Hope you will give this movie a try.

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Theophila
Jul 01, 2012

Good story, good acting, very intense. Shows how a man can change when is life is given over to God. Richard Burton is superb and Peter O'Toole a convincingly wicked and confused Henry II. Another English martyr for the Faith: St. Thomas a Beckett! Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury: a man of faith, conviction and principle. (Rather like St. Thomas More, also a Chancellor of England).

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kwarah
Oct 21, 2011

This film demonstrates,,,, Monarchy is just glorified slavery.

And, while England's obsession with the monarchy is revolting, watching BECKET ending up MURDERED, trying to serve the king & the church, is simply very revealing informative.

BECKET's life time friendship & services is NOT worthy enough, to the paranoid English psycho-tyrant, Henry II.

The ENDLESS power struggle between the Church & the monarchy has created more VICTIMS than victors.

And BECKET just happened to be one the NAMELESS millions.

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joseph
Jan 06, 2010

Good - Becket (1964) 148 min. Richard Burton plays Thomas Becket, Bishop of Cantebury and saint during the 12th century in the reign of Henry II played magnificently by Peter O’Toole. O’Toole was nominated 8 times in his career and twice playing Henry II (in Becket and then in Lion In Winter). Of all his performances, this one for Becket had to be the best one – the film shines when he appears with his Shakespeare-like soliloquies. The film itself does provide an entertaining look at the latter life of Thomas Becket and worth watching. The film won a 1965 Oscar for Adapted Screenplay and nominated for oodles of Oscars including Picture, Director, Acting (O’Toole, Burton, and John Gielgud), and others.

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